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Widely used and often unknown: recognizing signs of hand, foot and mouth disease


The disease is rather unknown, rather painful, but mostly harmless. Especially in late summer and autumn, children become infected with it and then initially suffer from fever, loss of appetite and sore throat.

A day or two later, small blisters form on the palms of the hands, soles and legs and around the mouth, hence the name of the virus infection. If you notice these symptoms in your child, you should see a pediatrician. In addition, give the child plenty to drink and not overly spicy foods. Although the disease itself cannot be treated, it usually heals itself without any problems.

Since the infectious disease is extremely contagious, the affected child should only come into contact with other children when they are completely fit and the blisters have dried. This should not take longer than five to seven days, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Caution is advised in newborns: the disease can be more severe here. Sick siblings should therefore be kept away from the baby. Pregnant women should also be careful. Because an infestation shortly before birth could be transferred to the newborn.

The viruses are passed on via body fluids such as nasal secretions, saliva and the fluid in the blisters, but also via stool. According to the RKI, the most common transmission path is the hands. Regularly washing your hands with soap protects against infection.

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